I have to guard against being content. Being self-satisfied is dangerous. Neglecting wisdom in my life leads to the destruction of my soul. King Solomon counsels me to pay attention to wisdom. Jesus is the truth. I must listen and obey Him.
Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots? Carelessness kills; complacency is murder. First pay attention to me [wisdom], and then relax. | Proverbs 1:32
The Christian Standard Bible puts it this way “For the apostasy of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.”
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Apostacy is turning against God, as evidenced by abandonment and repudiation of former beliefs. We see many atheists and agnostics in this category. It is a dangerous thing to turn against God. Why abandon the author of our faith? Why repudiate what we know to be true?
- The term generally refers to a deliberate renouncing of the faith by a once sincere believer rather than a state of ignorance or mistaken knowledge. Apostasy is distinguished from heresy (denial of a part of the faith), and from transfer of allegiance from one religious body to another within the same faith.
- It is possible to deny the faith, as Peter once did, and then at a later time reaffirm it. God is good and He will accept us back when we radically change our minds (aka repent).